Equipment Trends 2019

Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) magazine, sister publication to Landscape Business, recently conducted its annual “Equipment Trends” focus. OPE asked representatives from equipment manufacturers throughout the industry to share their insights into market trends and what dealers need to know. The following is excerpted from that feature:



OPE: What trends are you seeing with regard to outdoor power equipment?


We continue to see a focus on operator comfort. Also, clean, simple designs that make service and reliability a focus – no need to add unnecessary parts and pieces that just add cost.

– Brad Unruh, director of new product development, Excel Industries (Hustler)



Among the OPE trends we are seeing are more autonomous products like robotic lawn mowers; more stand-on high-productivity products like our new Hurricane; easier-to-use hydrostatic drive transmissions with common controls across different product categories; more battery-driven products; text-to-video instructions on machines; and more business software that further improves productivity and routing.

– Pierre Pereira, director of sales, Billy Goat Industries


Available labor has continued to be a struggle for our landscaper customers.

Ed Wright, CEO, Wright Mfg.


The CH9540HP was brought to market as a direct response to the increase in tractor HP available in today’s market. To adequately serve these customers with larger-HP tractors, Echo Bear Cat needed to deliver a tool that could handle the power of the increased-HP tractors. We also are carefully monitoring the trends of user convenience and noise restrictions. With the increase in these demands, Echo Bear Cat wants to continue to improve our available lineup in the areas of efficiency, convenience, and market restrictions/regulations.

Hannah Aure, business unit director, Echo Bear Cat


Having sold more than 4.000 units in 50-plus countries around the world, we have gathered a great amount of feedback from Spider users, which we have evaluated closely and implemented into our equipment. We understand that time is money for any professional user, and our main goal is for less downtime, limiting time in the workshop for maintenance or servicing, and increasing the amount of time spent out in the field, cutting grass.

Going forward, we are focusing on electrification, trying to find the best solutions that could be used for our product. Cleaner machinery using renewable energy (electricity) is our prime motivation for the next decade, and one of our top priorities. Another possibility is hybrid power, but we feel that any hybrid system would significantly increase the weight of our unit, reducing our products’ climbing ability, and increasing the fuel consumption.

There are some hybrid remote-controlled mowers on the market, but all these have a higher weight than our largest Spider model, which increases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Our goal is to use one of the existing models as the platform for a fully electric remote-controlled mower, and then develop a semi- or fully autonomous professional slope mower. This is a high priority for our R&D department.

– Lubor Hladik, international sales manager, Spider Mowers


Attributes and features that enhance the commercial landscaper’s efficiency and improve their business, as well as those that save the busy consumer time – such as quick access to components like our rotating bumper to improve engine service time, DIY maintenance items, and other features that make a mower easy to operate and own – are trending in today’s market. Technology interface with outdoor power equipment is gaining traction, as today’s new customers have differing ideas in this market segment than their parents did. Also, alternative fuels are appealing to a larger audience than ever before.

– Ron Scheffler, senior product manager, Bob-Cat


Across the board, we are seeing that operator comfort is the most prominent recent trend. Customers – both consumers and commercial users – want additional features on equipment like they have in their cars, making operator comfort, ease of use and add-on features the main priorities. We’re finding that customers specifically want accessory ports, an ergonomic design, and easy-to-perform maintenance functions over many other features.

– Joel Hicks, senior product support manager, Kioti


Battery power continues to advance and proliferate throughout the consumer equipment industry and its many applications. It is exciting to see the continued innovation and technological advances being creatively utilized in so many different ways. Hats off to all of the manufacturers that have entered that space. On the commercial front, we are happy to be seeing the stand-on segment continue to trend up as more and more new products add both depth and breadth to that market space.

– Craig Ransavage, product manager for Ryan


We are seeing more people interested in our attachment pieces from the Seago Attachment Group. The Power Rotary Scissor Head, Hover Trimmer and PortaPump Junior attachment are for people trying to get more out of equipment they already have. These pieces attach to any make or model of string trimmer/brush cutter, so it can make an old powerhead new.

– Scott Sweeney, president, Seago International, Inc.


The OPE market is embracing electronic technology, as the value and ease of entry for buyers improves. Battery-powered handheld equipment is a prime example of technology that’s moved beyond early adopters and into the mainstream. The tech is better, and now offered by a wide number of brands, making it trusted and accepted by the masses. Battery-powered ride-on mowers are following this same path. A few brands are pioneering products that satisfy a small segment willing to pay a premium for unique benefits. As more brands enter in the next three to five years, consumer confidence should increase, and price points should become easier to justify for a broader part of the market. Gas-powered ride-on mowers have also embraced technology, as electronic dash displays and some on-board monitoring have been introduced, and EFI engines have claimed a notable and growing part of the market. GPS tracking and remote control are two other examples of technology finding their way into the OPE market. Consumers – whether private or commercial – like the benefits of electronic technology, and will expect it as quickly as manufacturers deliver it in a reliable form that delivers a better experience in some way for the buyer. That may come through convenience, lower operating costs, safety, performance, or some other benefit, but it will come.

– Michael Slattery, director of product management, Schiller Grounds Care (Steiner)


New Holland Construction is seeing the trend in compact track loaders (CTL) taking over the sales of skid-new steer loaders (SSL). As of 2016, CTLs took over the market and continue to grow. The trend continues with a key machine size category, 3,000 pounds ROC at 35 percent tipping load. Year to date, this CTL machine size category is up 14 percent over 2018. Customers from the key applications agriculture, rental, landscaping, and construction are driving the sales.

– Ryan Anderson, skid-steer loader and compact track loader product marketing specialist for New Holland, and Joe Boufford, construction equipment marketing for New Holland


Professionals are looking for battery-powered outdoor power equipment that delivers the power of professional gas equipment, all-day runtime, quick recharging time – a true gas alternative for landscaping professionals. Landscapers work long hours, and transporting gas or battery backups is cumbersome. They just need to know their tools will get the job done. We understand these tools are an investment for hardworking landscapers around the country, so we put new technology to work with the Commercial Series Backpack Battery, ensuring that each Commercial Series tool has the power to last all day without needing additional charge time.

– Sarah Hohmann, brand manager EGO Power+


In the consumer market segment, there continues to be an influx of battery-powered machines supplied by the power tool companies. They are a real threat to the established industry players, as they have expertise in batteries, and have relished the opportunity to enter an industry that has been slow to adapt to changes in technology. They already have well-known brands, and are in every hardware chain and online market platform. They have not needed a service industry in the past to support their products, and their entrance into our market is likely to accelerate the trend toward big box and online sales of consumer outdoor power equipment. In the commercial field, the rush toward battery is less pronounced, with landscapers remaining cautious and more reticent to change. However, the commercial battery offerings, in general, are getting better each year and, in time, they will also pose the same sort of challenge to the industry as is currently the case with consumer units.

– Steve Hughes, managing director, Masport Ltd


We are seeing increasing technology, software and control capabilities. Our own RT-120 Posi-Track loader features industry-leading control adjustability, flow sharing, speed control and multiple operator preference settings.

Manufacturers are also continuing to add power and performance upgrades. The new ASV VT-70 High Output features best-in-class torque, and our RT-120 leads the industry in power.

– Buck Storlie, product line manager at ASV Holdings Inc.


One of the biggest industry trends is the influx of battery-powered products among the professional and consumer markets. Many municipalities and residential areas require low- to no-exhaust emissions and lower noise levels, so the market is adapting to meet those needs.

While “smart” technology is already the norm inside homes, it’s also a growing trend within the landscaping industry. From Bluetooth-connected ear protection to robotic lawn mowers, we are seeing more smart technology used in outdoor power equipment.

Despite advances in battery-powered handheld outdoor power equipment, many professionals prefer to operate gasoline-powered equipment. As a result, there have been a number of new technologies that enhance these tools to reduce emissions and noise output, as well as provide greater fuel efficiency. Additionally, there is a growing focus on improving overall ergonomics and user comfort.

– Stephen Meriam, director of sales, Stihl Inc.


The landscape market is benefiting from increased innovation and development of equipment and tools. Outdoor power product owners remain focused both on how to get the most value from their equipment and how to most effectively complete outdoor landscaping maintenance and projects. Because these factors drive buying habits, Honda produces a power product lineup to help make jobs easier – technologically innovative generators, lawn mowers, tillers, trimmers, pumps and snow blowers that offer the least amount of downtime, low cost of ownership, greatest efficiency and durability, along with the best fuel economy possible.

From giving consumers more leisure time to providing the ability to get more work done, Honda is focused on providing customers ease of use and efficiency. The future will continue in this direction with even more creative solutions, like greater connectivity and further improved product performance.

– Gary Childress, senior manager, Honda Power Equipment


Rich online digital content that builds confidence in the brand and provides a trusted voice to the consumer continues to drive consideration and awareness of OPE brands. Consumers are also relying on product ratings and reviews to guide their purchase decisions. The trend toward battery-powered equipment continues to influence the marketplace.

– Barbara Roueche, brand manager, Troy-Bilt


There has been an increased focus on battery-powered solutions; however, it’s been a slower transition for professionals than it has been for consumers. Consumers have been quick to take advantage of battery-powered equipment and the benefits of not having to deal with mixing gas and oil or the general maintenance associated with gas-powered equipment. However, right now, many professionals continue to rely on their gas-powered equipment to get most of their jobs done because cordless technology has not advanced to a point yet where battery-powered tools can be the primary tool for all professional applications. However, with incredible motor, battery, and electronics advancements, we have battery-powered tools that have started to challenge that.

As technology has advanced, professionals are starting to recognize the benefits of battery-powered equipment and are using these solutions as supplemental tools to their gas units. For example, when a crew is working early in the morning in a residential area or doesn’t want to bother people in a commercial setting, they’ll turn to battery-powered equipment due to the reduction in noise. Crews will also turn to battery-powered equipment when they’re working in municipalities and around hospitals that do not allow the operation of gas-powered equipment due to emissions.

While the professional market is slower to adopt, those who are using battery-powered equipment are seeing the benefits right away: no gas, ease of use, less noise, less vibration, lighter weight, less maintenance, and lower operating costs.

– Tony Buxton, product marketing manager, Milwaukee Tool


At Toro, we are continually striving to find new and creative ways of delivering solutions to small and medium-sized contractors to help them operate more productively and profitably in all phases of their business, not just with equipment.

– Mitch Hoffman, marketing manager at Toro


Operator comfort, durability, and ease of maintenance are the features many landscapers say they value most. Operator comfort helps reduce operator fatigue, aiding employee retention. Durability promotes uptime and keeps crews on schedule. Ease of maintenance reduces the reliance on others to perform routine maintenance, saving time and money, adding to the bottom line.

– Tom Vachal, Kubota Senior Turf Product Manager


More and more, we are witnessing the landscaping industry move forward with a more environmentally friendly approach to lawn maintenance. In an effort to go green, commercial landscapers are upping their topdressing game by spreading compost, sand, topsoil, etc. When speaking with our clients at trade shows, the general feedback we get is that going green is a no brainer. It’s not only important in a global context, but it has also become personal for most. Would you want your loved ones playing on sports fields or in parks fertilized with chemicals?

– Jerome DesRosiers, North American sales manager, Ecolawn Applicator


Operator comfort is one of the more prominent trends, as operators are requesting features that improve the operator experience. At John Deere, we continue to introduce features to address this trend.

Productivity is another major need for our customers, especially as labor becomes more expensive and more difficult to find and retain.

Another trend we continue to see is the continued growth of electronic fuel injection (EFI) engines. Uptime and fuel-efficiency continue to be top concerns of professional landscape contractors, driving manufacturers to develop more solutions for equipment, such as EFI engines. Commonly used in smaller block engines, we are now seeing more and more options in the mid-block range and greater. Providing up to 25 percent more fuel savings, the benefits of EFI drive this trend.

As a leader in the commercial mowing space, we are committed to developing products that provide solutions to the challenges our customers face.

– Nick Minas, product manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing


Sleek designs, accessibility and efficiency are big trends we hear from end users in terms of needs. We invest heavily in consumer insights, while battery technology and EFI engines are two important trends we are seeing come to market. E-commerce and our Cub Cadet MyDealer Direct program, where we take e-commerce sales and deliver from a local dealer, has and will be a growing trend.

– Tom Rossman, senior director of sales, MTD Products Inc. (Cub Cadet)


Over the past two years, we’ve seen a huge growth in the adoption of robotics by professionals in the industry. As more and more landscapers embrace this trend, we will continue to develop products and services that offer them the features and solutions they need to optimize their jobs and minimize their carbon footprint. We’ve also seen a growing interest in robotics from consumers who want great lawns, more free time and smart, sustainable products. As part of this growing demand for smart products, we have focused on incorporating connectivity, another important industry trend, from robotic mowers all the way to our line of commercial wheeled products.

Two other trends that are shaping our market are emission regulations and fuel savings. As such, we continue to push the boundaries with new fuel consumption technology and have seen a lot of success with our commercial battery products. More and more, professionals are recognizing the convenience and performance these products are offering and the importance of a sustainable future.

– Earl Bennett, president of Husqvarna Brand Division North America



OPE: What is your outlook for the remainder of 2019 and beyond?


The future looks strong. We continue to focus on bringing new, innovative products to the market.

– Brad Unruh, director of new product development, Excel Industries (Hustler)


We continue to have a positive outlook for the next two years, driven by a strong market, pro-business environment, and a strong portfolio; but tempered somewhat by labor and inflationary concerns.

– Pierre Pereira, director of sales, Billy Goat Industries


We continue to see available labor as a major concern, causing upward pressure on the cost per cut.

Ed Wright, CEO, Wright Mfg.


We are very optimistic thus far in 2019 that this will be a good year for our industry. As everyone knows, we are heavily reliant on Mother Nature, so if she is kind the remainder of 2019, we look forward to a good year!

– Hannah Aure, business unit director, Echo Bear Cat


Without a doubt, we can now see that our climate is getting more extreme, with a significant change of weather patterns, even in Europe. This will force local governments, municipalities and the farming community into building more retention lakes, dams, etc., which will create more potential for remote-controlled mowers going forward.

There is a growing body of people concerned about soil erosion on steep slopes. Spider is a perfect solution for steep slope maintenance, where we have received numerous reports claiming that they have a very positive impact on slope stabilization. One particular customer in Australia would spend more money in a single year on dam wall stabilization than the cost of a new Spider ILD02 mower. He purchased a Spider last season, and now has no issues with the soil erosion and no extra costs connected to it. Regularly mowing the slopes has increased the root development of the grass and stabilized the turf.

The solar industry is providing a fast-growing application for Spider, and we have developed a dedicated model for maintenance of the PV stations/solar farms. Our Spider 2SGS can easily maneuver under and around the PV panels, providing an effective solution for solar farm operators.

Last but not least, work health and safety are becoming more important. Every mowing accident, and subsequent litigation process, drives the use of specialized machinery on steep or inaccessible terrains.

– Lubor Hladik, international sales manager, Spider Mowers


As long as the economy and weather continue to be favorable, we anticipate growth in the commercial and entry-level commercial market in 2019 – especially with our new professional mower lineup and the characteristics that our mowers have.

– Ron Scheffler, senior product manager, Bob-Cat


Kioti is growing. We launched new tractors and UTVs last year, and our ZTR mower line this year. Due to demand, we’re expanding our U.S. headquarters and have opened a new distribution center in Canada for equipment and parts. These investments are indicative of our outlook on the future, dedication to outpace growth within industry and longstanding support for our dealers. With these investments and infrastructure improvements, we are establishing ourselves as a complete solution for dealers in the compact and utility market.

– Joel Hicks, senior product support manager, Kioti


Our outlook at Ryan Turf continues to be extremely optimistic with the consistency of the current economy and the consumer confidence being derived from it. We see solid opportunity the rest of the year, and well beyond, if things continue to remain how they have been or get even better. We are absolutely looking forward to it, and hope the entire industry can benefit from growth for years to come.

– Craig Ransavage, product manager for Ryan


The economy is strong and I think that is influencing buyers. We are seeing customers getting bigger equipment as budgets are growing. We are also hearing more questions about parts availability and initial quality – buyers are becoming more informed prior to the purchase. Online purchasing options are continuing to grow, and their policies are affecting what customers expect.

 – Scott Sweeney, president, Seago International, Inc.


The year shows great promise after a strong first half. New product introductions are fueling sales, while our sales force is adding new dealers as part of a strategic plan to expand Steiner’s dealer network domestically and internationally. Increasing awareness to the versatility of the Steiner tractor is attracting new customer segments. To help with that awareness, a new Steiner website launched in July. As we look beyond 2019, Steiner anticipates steady growth through expansion plans for its dealer network and range of tractors and specialty attachments serving private and commercial customers.

– Michael Slattery, director of product management, Schiller Grounds Care (Steiner)


We continue to see fair growth in the light construction equipment market. The market remains highly competitive. Opportunities exist for dealers to strengthen their position. Opportunities like rental and outside sales initiatives will help a dealer maintain their current business, and seize opportunities that that might not have been available to them in the past.

– Ryan Anderson, skid-steer loader and compact track loader product marketing specialist for New Holland, and Joe Boufford, construction equipment marketing for New Holland


The future is bright. Cordless growth will continue, and battery will be the dominant power source within a few years.

– Sarah Hohmann, brand manager EGO Power+


We are making good progress signing new dealers and growing our business with existing customers as the Masport name continues to be recognized as a viable option in the dealer push mower market. Weather plays a large part in the success of the mower market, and, as always, there are ups and downs in the season with parts of the country either getting too much rain or not enough. We have increased our sales over last year in almost every month this season, and are set to enjoy our best growth in a number of years. Last season kicked on in many regions well into the fall. There’s no reason to think that this won’t be the case this year as well, allowing dealers a longer selling season.

– Steve Hughes, managing director, Masport Ltd


The OPE industry is consistently affected by seasonal changes. With improved spring weather conditions, as compared to 2018, we are seeing better retail activity for OPE in most of the country. We are hopeful that this trend will continue through the rest of 2019.

Over the past year, the market share of Stihl equipment has increased significantly, and we have introduced a number of new consumer-oriented battery-powered products to continue to meet demand in this segment of the market.

Robotic and connected products are about to be introduced into the professional landscaping industry, as well as the consumer segment. These products are not short-term trends; they are here to stay!

– Stephen Meriam, director of sales, Stihl Inc.


Whether it is electrification of products, further refinements in the internal combustion engine, or propulsion advancements, diversification in how outdoor power equipment products generate power is a trend marking 2019. Overall, the outdoor power products business is healthy – driven by factors such as a booming housing market and continued economic growth nationwide. With that, sales of outdoor power products for both residential and commercial use continue to be an emphasis for Honda Power Equipment, and our outlook is positive.

Furthermore, the outdoor power products business is a very seasonal one, and sales for such are driven largely by weather patterns and weather events. To illustrate, May 2019 was a slower sales month for some Honda Power Equipment product lines because of weather extremes, regional flooding, and a late start to warmer temperatures in most parts of the U.S. But as we get into the heart of the summer season and hotter temperatures, customers are looking to the reliability, efficiency and quiet performance of the full array of Honda outdoor power equipment and general-purpose engines to maximize recreation time, productivity and make the most of their outdoor experiences.

– Gary Childress, senior manager, Honda Power Equipment


Demand for mowers is expected to be positive for the 2019 season compared to 2018, with regional opportunities this June-August. A slower start to the snow season in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions, but a positive snow season overall is expected, with a snowy December 2019 for much of the northern tier of the U.S. (information obtained from Planalytics, of which MTD is a client).

– Barbara Roueche, brand manager, Troy-Bilt


We saw strong success throughout the lawn maintenance season, and we anticipate this momentum to continue into fall cleanup. We’ve continued to be committed to improving productivity by providing performance-driven and trade-focused solutions so users can complete an entire day’s work with one battery system. As mentioned before, we foresee battery-powered technology continuing to take market share from gas-powered products. While we can’t share details of our future product roadmap, rest assured we will continue to leverage our technologies to provide true productivity enhancements.

– Tony Buxton, product marketing manager, Milwaukee Tool


Weather trends notwithstanding, we see a lot of strong opportunities for continued growth on Toro’s line of highly productive and differentiated products. From the popular 7500-D 96-inch diesel, to the industry’s only all-season stand-on in the GrandStand Multi-Force, we look to continue the momentum generated this spring through summer and fall.

– Mitch Hoffman, marketing manager at Toro


I believe products that reduce time for the commercial contractor will be the next area of development for mower industry. More and more customers are using commercial contactors for turf maintenance, and, as the demand grows, they will need to reduce time on the job to be competitive.

– Tom Vachal, Kubota Senior Turf Product Manager


I’d like to see the eco-friendly trend continue on, and I believe that it will, as more and more by-laws are being put into place regarding chemical fertilizers.

– Jerome DesRosiers, North American sales manager, Ecolawn Applicator


We have a positive outlook for the remainder of 2019. Many professional landscapers are expecting to grow their business in the coming year. In addition, our new product offerings have created a lot of excitement within the industry, so we’re looking forward to another successful year.

– Nick Minas, product manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing


Cub Cadet’s dealer business has doubled in the last five years, and we are extremely optimistic about the remainder of 2019 and the next few years. There are huge opportunities in battery, residential zero-turns and professional products, coupled with a great supporting and seasoned sales staff that will help drive dealer success.

– Tom Rossman, senior director of sales, MTD Products Inc. (Cub Cadet)


Husqvarna is incredibly optimistic about the coming year and what’s in store for the industry. Moving forward, we expect to see a greater push toward sustainability. We will continue to lead the industry in this endeavor as we stay on the forefront of innovation, developing technology that allows us to lower emissions while maintaining high performance. As part of this push toward sustainability, we also expect to see continued growth in the adoption of robotics and other battery-powered equipment across the U.S. for both consumers and professionals.

Along with improved technology, we will see a higher demand for connectivity. For consumers, that means having products that can seamlessly integrate into their smart homes. For professionals, that means being able to track all equipment from anywhere in one place, having easier access to service and having efficient products that work together to provide full fleet solutions.

– Earl Bennett, president of Husqvarna Brand Division North America



Equipment Trends 2019: Innovations


As part of OPE’s Equipment Trends 2019 coverage, the manufacturers that responded to the Equipment Trends Q&A shared information regarding their latest equipment and any new products/upgrades coming soon.



The Hustler Raptor SDX is the biggest, strongest, toughest mower in the Raptor Family. A commercial-quality mower built for the toughest residential yards up to three acres in size, it features 10-gauge heavy-duty steel decks, at sizes up to 60-inches, as well as 22-inch Big Bite rear tires for unsurpassed traction, and a premium bolstered seat with internal suspension for the ultimate in comfort.

The Dash is Hustler Turf’s most compact residential mower designed to get the job done at an affordable price. A smaller design makes it ideal for garage storage and fitting through tight spaces with ease.

With top quality products that meet the demands of the toughest jobs, Hustler pressure washers are strong, durable machines that provide a superior cleaning experience. Hustler pressure washers include the HH3324, HH3725, HH4035, HH4240 and HH4440.


Billy Goat Industries

Billy Goat’s award-winning 25-inch reciprocating Plugr aerator features self-propelled rear-wheel hydro-drive and front caster wheels for the ultimate in in-ground turning (no lifting), commercial productivity and product innovation. The unit features patent-pending EZ Lift and EZ Drop for simple aeration and uninterrupted aeration.

Billy Goat also announced its Next Gen Debris Loader series including 13, 14, 18, 29 and 37 hp., all with a new 63-percent-thicker discharge elbow designed for extended durability and increased life.

Additionally Billy Goat’s new Hurricane zero-turn stand-on blower rounds out the Force walk-behind blower lineup. These new units extend Billy Goat’s blower lineup range from 6 to 35 hp.

Billy Goat’s Post Hole Auger is a dedicated self-propelled auger featuring the highest bit torque in its class; lift assist struts and a patent-pending Z-Link for straight line drilling with limited bit re-positioning.


Wright Mfg.

Starting Spring 2020, Wright Mfg. will extend its Stander B series stand-on mower line to include a 36-inch deck. This provides users with a more affordable, compact stand-on rider for mowing in tight backyard areas.


Echo Bear Cat

Echo Bear Cat launched its CH9540HP model, adding breadth to its PTO chipper line. The CH9540HP is specifically designed to work with higher-horsepower tractors (50 to 100 hp.), which will increase user productivity. The model is available with either a regular discharge chute or a low-profile chute for grove/orchard discharge. Echo Bear Cat also has an exciting new product family coming to market in late 2019 that will increase available products to serve its current customer base with quality Echo Bear Cat equipment. Stay tuned for details.


Spider Mowers

One of Spider’s main areas is to continue with product updates on the Spider ILD02 and 2SGS to ensure that both mowers are even more reliable. Updates are primarily based on feedback form Spider’s U.S. customer base.

Spider’s new product is the Spider XLINER, which brings slope mowing solutions in a smaller and less expensive model. It is constructed from commercial parts (hydraulic system, controls, engine) and features excellent maneuverability on smaller scaled difficult terrains. Spider is organizing road shows to demonstrate the current product portfolio together with the new machine.



Bob-Cat launched five new commercial mower families for 2019. Starting with its four new sit-down models – from the ProCat 5000 mower up to the Predator-Pro 7000 mower – the new products have a brand-new operator interface. New control locations, almond shaped control levers, ergonomically friendly operations and ease of use, tool-less adjustments, and full mechanical suspension seats all provide aid and comfort to the commercial cutters for their full work days.

The fifth new commercial mower is Bob-Cat’s new QuickCat 4000 stand-on mower that offers a taller operator tower, enhanced dampened controls, tool-free adjustments, wider front caster wheels, and improved control locations. The QuickCat 4000 comes with Bob-Cat’s DuraDeck cutting system, from 36 to 61 inches.

Bob-Cat’s XRZ Pro RS ZT mower family now includes two new models with Kawasaki FX850 series engines. These new models come with a 52- or 61-inch TufDeck Pro cutting system.



This spring, Kioti began shipping its full line of zero turn radius mowers to dealers throughout North America. This brand-new offering includes four series – the ZXR, ZXR SE, ZXC and ZXC SE – with a total of 12 riding mower models. The ZXC and ZXC SE Series mowers were created specifically for professionals, featuring superior value and reliability for those who make a living working the turf all day long. All aspects of these mowers were built with the operator in mind – from easy-to-reach controls and ergonomically designed seating to a digital control panel with keyless start and simple dial-type deck height adjustment.



The Ryan turf team has been working hard to develop an exciting new product it hopes to show in fall 2019 and deliver in early 2020. Information was unavailable at press time, but details will be communicated when ready.


Seago International, Inc.

For 2019, Seago will be introducing the PortaPump back into the market. It is a 33-gpm fully self-contained, portable pumping station. Powered by a Honda GX-35 engine, it is a take-anywhere and pump-anything machine that is incredibly portable and powerful. Also, later in the year, Seago will be releasing the newest version of its F-15 Air Force Hover Mower – the only two-stroke powered hover mower on the market.



The Steiner 450DX tractor is new to Steiner’s 2019 line up. The 450DX provides a new gasoline power platform to the Steiner tractor family with a 25-hp. Vanguard engine. The 450DX also offers more options to customize for the needs of commercial, municipal or private users. Like other 450 Steiner tractor models, the 450DX features the Steiner QuickHitch attachment system for fast and easy change-out of more than 25 popular Steiner attachments. The four-wheel drive and an articulated oscillating frame with optional dual tires also make the 450DX ideal for working in wet, soft ground conditions, on slopes, or on rough terrain.

Steiner also introduced the TR270 Terra Rake in 2019. The Terra Rake, also commonly referred to as a landscape rake, includes large adjustable caster wheels, mechanical top link to adjust for/aft tine angle, and a hydraulic cylinder to adjust left/right rake angle from the seat of the Steiner tractor.


New Holland

New Holland introduced a 4-way angle blade option beginning on the E37C model – an ideal fit for landscapers. The new 4-way blade can be angled left or right 25 degrees in addition to being raised and lowered to the desired cutting depth. The addition of this feature allows for more efficient backfilling by allowing the machine to travel parallel with the trench as opposed to perpendicular. It increases the machine’s versatility in confined working conditions by reducing the amount of times the end user needs to reposition the machine. The blade features reversible cutting edges that reduce maintenance time and replacement costs. The E37C combines power, performance and versatility to increase productivity on the jobsite. C Series excavators feature a compact design and zero/short tail swing, enabling workers to dig, fill and grade in the most confined and congested areas.


Ego Power+

The Ego Nexus Power Station, a battery-powered inverter, is a replacement for compact gas generators. WiFi and BLE connections not only make this product smart, but make controlling outlets and USB connections from anywhere possible. The flexible design allows users to harness power from any Ego Power+ ARC lithium battery, delivering clean, pure sine wave power for hours or even days. The Nexus Power Station uses anywhere from one to four batteries to deliver power, and when power is restored, it doubles as a charger for the 56V ARC lithium batteries.

Additionally Ego introduced its Commercial Series line of battery-powered outdoor power equipment that delivers the power of professional gas equipment and all day runtime. It features a heavy-duty, yet lightweight (20 pounds) backpack with between five and seven hours of continuous runtime (depending on the tool); fast recharging – just 3.5 hours from 0 to 100 percent; and very quiet operation.


Masport Ltd

Masport will introduce to dealers in all states a BBC version of its highly successful professional “Contractor“ 21-inch gasoline-powered walk-behind mower. The BBC model will be available in two engine options – the Honda GXV160 and the B&S Series 850. With an improved transmission shaft configuration and new, stronger axles, the Contractor BBC will be a worthy addition to the Masport product lineup.



ASV recently introduced its newest Posi-Track compact track loader, the VT-70 High Output. The mid-frame, vertical lift loader features high torque and an efficient hydraulic system for maximum performance with even the heaviest and most demanding attachments. That means more productivity for ASV customers in all applications. The VT-70 High Output features unmatched serviceability, high speed and a vertical lift loader linkage for lift, carry and load tasks.

ASV is also working on bringing the Australia-based Schibeci milling head to the U.S. ASV’s RT-120 compact track loader is the only machine on the market that can effectively run the largest of the demanding attachments. Together, the attachment and loader quickly complete jobs at a fraction of what it would cost to buy and transport a dedicated milling machine. Plus, the loader can then be used for other applications on the jobsite.


Stihl Inc.

Stihl has a wide range of new products forthcoming in 2019 to include both battery- and gasoline-powered equipment:

As part of the continued expansion of the Stihl AP Battery Series, earlier this year, Stihl introduced the KMA 130 R KombiMotor, which gives professionals the ability to trim, prune, edge, clean, cultivate, and more with 13 optional attachments – all without gas or exhaust emissions.

Stihl engineers are exceeding expectations and spearheading new innovations in battery product technology with the continued expansion of the Stihl Battery Series.

In addition, gasoline-powered equipment will remain a significant part of Stihl’s investment in groundbreaking design and engineering, with new products for professionals slated for release in the near future.

Later this year, Stihl will release the MS 500i chain saw, the world’s first chain saw with fuel-injection technology that is designed for high performance, impressive acceleration and low weight.


Honda Power Equipment

The redesigned Honda HRX Series, which went on sale in January 2019, features three significant areas of enhancements:

  • An all-new Honda GCV200 engine that delivers 10 percent more power and torque to the mower’s blades, to cut taller and thicker grass without stalling.
  • A streamlined, innovative engine layout that saves time by making it easier for the user to fill the fuel tank, monitor and change the oil, and access the sparkplug and air cleaner.
  • Innovative, modern styling, reflecting similar sleek, aerodynamic designs that can be seen across other Honda product lines.

Honda expanded its GX Series V-Twin model lineup with the introduction of iGX700/iGXV700 and iGX800/iGXV800 general-purpose engines that offer versatile power, expanding into larger and more demanding commercial applications for greater adaptability with excellent fuel efficiency in a compact package.

The all-new, high-output Honda GX50 expands the company’s Mini-Four Stroke lineup with a more powerful model.



Troy-Bilt introduced the Mustang Z42 and Z46, which are built with a full-length, fully welded, tubular solid steel frame – designed to absorb impact, provide maximum stability and covered by a limited lifetime warranty. The Mustang Z42 and Z46 offer a choice of 42- or 46-inch cutting decks (models with larger deck sizes available in 2020).


Milwaukee Tool

Milwaukee Tool recently launched its new M18 Fuel Quik-Lok attachment system. The system is powered by an M18 Fuel powerhead, and is compatible with multiple attachments including a string trimmer, edger, pole saw and hedge trimmer. It delivers the versatility to complete a wide range of applications, as users can easily swap between the different attachments.

Milwaukee Tool also introduced the Switch Tank interchangeable sprayer and water supply system. This system delivers an interchangeable tank design that covers a wide range of users and applications. The Switch Tank M18 powered base is compatible with three different 4-gallon tank assemblies: a pesticide sprayer, a concrete sprayer, and a water supply. The pesticide sprayer delivers instant, constant, and adjustable pressure with up to 120 psi and a 25-foot spray distance. It is designed to be used with common landscape maintenance chemicals and features a dual diaphragm pump and Viton seals.



Toro is continuing to expand its product offerings in the 30-inch heavy-duty walk category. This year, Toro is launching two new TurfMaster HDX models. These new 30-inch mowers are built to withstand the daily demands of a landscape contractor, with upgraded transmissions, heavier-duty components, and multiple engine options. The TurfMaster HDX has the power and features to deliver high-end performance even in thick turf, or dealing with hilly terrain.



Kubota added three new Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) models to its popular Z700 Series in 2018, bringing a total of nine mowers to the line. The Z700 Series is powered by Kohler Command Pro engines and Kawasaki’s industry-proven FX and FX EFI engines. Each model features a durable eight-gauge steel 48-, 54- or 60-inch deck, six inches deep, allowing for outstanding stability and an efficient, high-quality cut. The Z700 Series offers a wide operator station, and a premium adjustable suspension seat for comfort and reduced fatigue during long jobs.

Kubota’s new SZ stand-on mowers series is comprised of three models including the SZ19-36, SZ22-48 and the SZ26-52. The new stand-on mowers are designed for properties with narrow lawns that can’t be mowed with zero-turn mowers. The SZ Series is equipped with Kawasaki FX and FT Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) commercial engines and a hydro-gear transmission.


Ecolawn Applicator

Ecolawn recently launched the ECO 600T, which is Ecolawn’s biggest unit in terms of capacity. It is a 3-point hitch attachment PTO drive, so it fits on any kind of tractor. The ECO 600T 3-point hitch top dresser attachment is unique in Ecolawn Applicator’s line of broadcast top dressers. Equipped with a category II, 3-point hitch and PTO drive, the ECO 600T makes handling heavier products feasible without sacrificing maneuverability or ease of operation. It has been designed with a hydraulic flow-gate system, for effortless adjustability directly from the driver’s seat. Whether applying compost, sand, soil, or a custom blend; the ECO 600T’s large capacity, rear-delivery hopper (22 cubic feet) broadcasts bulk material in a 180-degree arc (up to 22 feet wide), making top dressing quick, smooth, and effortless.


John Deere

John Deere recently unveiled two new products: the M and R Series commercial walk-behind mowers, and the Z994R Diesel ZTrak zero-turn mower.

The M and R Series commercial walk behinds feature completely redesigned controls and improved weight distribution, enhancing operator comfort and requiring less effort to raise the front end of the mower. In addition, the R Series offers 8.5 inches of ground clearance, minimizing the interference with curbs, and reducing the risk of property damage.

The Z994R mower is powered by a three-cylinder, liquid-cooled Final Tier 4 diesel engine. The high-torque, low-emission diesel engine provides power for tough conditions with low vibration and noise levels. The Z994R is equipped with a single 11.5-U.S.-gallon diesel fuel tank with an easy-to-read fuel gauge, and three seat options. All seat options feature the ComfortGlide fore/aft suspension that provides up to two inches of fore and aft travel to absorb bumps for enhanced ride quality.


Cub Cadet

Cub Cadet launched its newest residential zero-turn lawn mower, the Ultima Series. Cub Cadet combined strength, durability, comfort, cut quality and style to raise the bar in the residential zero-turn category. Cub Cadet’s dealer base can’t keep enough of these in stock and consumers are raving about it in online reviews. It brings to the table a best-in-class cut, a comfortable ride and a compelling, automotive-inspired design that captures attention.

For commercial landscapers Cub Cadet unveiled the PRO Z 972 SD, a dual-wheeled professional zero-turn mower that has the capability of operating on slopes of up to 25 degrees, or 46 percent of grade. This allows operators to mow confidently and accurately across hills horizontally.

On the horizon is a line of electric tractors, which are powered by lithium-ion batteries. These build on the same strength, durability and performance of Cub Cadet’s existing tractors, but offer quieter operation, extended runtimes and hassle-free maintenance.



Husqvarna has introduced many new exciting products for 2019.

Husqvarna’s five new chain saws were redesigned from scratch, resulting in a new level of cutting capacity, maneuverability and endurance. Combined with Husqvarna’s new performance-optimizing X-Cut chain saw chains; lighter, more durable X-Force chain saw bars; and a new line of arborist essentials, Husqvarna offers professional arborists a full suite of solutions.

Husqvarna’s new line of gas-powered hedge trimmers offers productivity and durability, allowing commercial landscapers to maximize their cutting work. The line features higher cutting capacity due to a special knife design and gear ratio, efficient air filtration through a two-stage air filter and best handling through a well-balanced overall design.

Additionally, Husqvarna has added new commercial models designed for professional landscapers and high-cut consumers models to its Automower robotic mower lineup. Husqvarna also introduced new backpack batteries and a new battery-powered pole saw.